Saturday, 17 January 2015

Bean Goose News

With the snowy and wintry weather subsiding a little I managed a visit to the study area today.

There is a fair covering of snow on the plateau and the minor roads require care if you are driving on them. My 4x4 makes light work of such conditions.

After a hunt of about an hour I eventually found 48 bean geese to the NE of Slamannan.  On returning home a fox crossed my path on the main road to Falkirk. Hope he/she finds something to eat in such cold and snowy conditions.

Saturday, 10 January 2015

Bean Goose News from a wintry central Scotland

The recent bad weather has prevented me from getting out to look for the bean geese. I was out a couple of days ago and pleased to find two groups totaling 216 birds.

The largest group of 158 birds were just NW of Slamannan in one of their regular fields. The second group were further west and totaled 58 birds. Quite a few birds with collars attached were visible but not easily read in the poor light conditions.

They are likely to stay around these areas for a few days if not disturbed. I hope to get out tomorrow (Sunday) to check up on their whereabouts.